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The United States Labor Secretary visited central New York on Wednesday to announce a new workforce training grant program and to emphasize advanced manufacturing.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez went to the Fulton Companies in Pulaski, and then on to the Center of Excellence in Syracuse. Perez, a Buffalo native, was promoting a $150 million workforce training program targeting the long-term unemployed.

"If we reduce that long term unemployment rate to the rates that it’s usually at after recessions, we could bring our unemployment rate down to the low fives," he said.

An important Watertown employer will be bought out by a larger company, but a spokeswoman says workers have reason to be optimistic about the sale.

The $820 million deal will merge Stream Global Services into Cincinnati-based Convergys. Both companies run customer service call centers for big businesses around the world.

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Upstate New York has won a coveted test site designation for unmanned aerial systems - or drones - from the Federal Aviation Administration as part of that agency's work toward developing regulations for drones' integration into U.S. skies.

But for many here in upstate New York, the designation is more about the jobs and dollars that surround the booming drone industry, estimated to be worth $100 billion globally over the next decade. Industry trade groups predict the business will generated 70,000 jobs nationwide.

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The Mohawk Valley firearm manufacturer Remington Arms has won a contract worth nearly $50 million supplying the Philippine military. The contract comes amidst lingering concerns the factory will leave the state.

Remington will provide 50,000 R4 carbine rifles to the Philippine defense forces by the end of next year. Rep. Richard Hanna, (R - Barneveld), said the work on the rifles will be done in upstate New York.

The majority of the work will be done in Ilion, but parts may be sourced from elsewhere, Joseph Bolmarcich, who oversees contracts for Remington, confirmed.

It’s the second big contract Remington has announced this year since New York state passed new gun control laws. Those laws banned the sale – but not manufacture and export – of some guns Remington makes in Ilion, east of Utica.

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Local hiring policies are becoming more commonplace as a way to address regional unemployment and strengthen the tax base. New quotas for local workers were just approved by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.

The new labor policy means that construction companies that receive Niagara County IDA economic development incentives will have to recruit at least 90 percent of their workforce from counties in western New York.

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